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soon what was in that dna and sort of what the evidence is against him here. it's going to be very, very clear. >> thanks for joining us tonight. >> you bet. you can have the last word online at our blog. and you can follow my tweets. "rachel maddow show" is up next. good evening, rachel. good evening, thanks very much. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. over the space to have last 48 hours, the republican party lost three of its highest profile presidential contenders. on saturday night in a strange hour of television that was kind of a cross between a traveling variety show and that night when geraldo revealed the contents of al capone's vault. hike huckabee announced he was not running for president. he said he checked and he did not have god's blessing to run. the most interesting and maybe the strangest part of that whole announcement i think was how it ended. so here's mike huckabee having
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just said he is not going to run for president to end his show, he says good-bye. he wraps up. says i'll be back next week. and right away this other thing happens. i don't know enough about fox news to why why this happened, this is what it looked like on the air. >> from new york, this is mike huckabee, good night. god bless. and i guess, i'll be back next week. >> i'm donald trump and this is a special announce jchlt. mike huckabee is not going to be running for president. this might be considered by some people not necessarily me, bad news because he is a terrific guy and frankly, i think he'd be a terrific president. but a lot of people are very happy that he will not be running. >> and then it just goes on and on. it's a huckabee alert. mike huckabee say he's not
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running and then he says good night. then a little piece of tape rolls of donald trump obviously taped earlier so responding or preresponding to the news that mike huckabee isn't learning which we just learned. now donald trump has just reannounced by shouting. i don't know? a little more than 36 hours later there was donald trump again announcing that he would not be running either to the surprise of absolutely no one other than to the mysterious people who vote in republican party straw polls this time of year. beyond republican candidates overtly saying they will not run, one other high profile republican candidate effectively took himself out of the running this weekend. >> i am not going to justify this. the attack on paul ryan. the support for an individual man dade. zsh mandate in health care. folks, don't ask me to explain this? there is no explanation. >> if you're trying to become the republican nominee for president, that is not to
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impression you are looking to make. that's how it's going for newt gingrich. whose candidatesy for president is already coming unravelled. the justification for his candidacy, his brand in the republican party is he is supposedly the ideas guy. a policy guy. but what they are complaining about on conservative talk radio as you just saw and what people are ga fawing about all over the spectrum is mr. gingrich does not seem to have policy positions. even though he's supposedly the policy guy. last month mr. gingrich told "time" magazine that he liked the paul ryan kill medicare budget. he said he would vote for it, but it didn't go far enough. then this weekend on "meet the press", mr. gingrich said the ryan plan went too far and he's therefore against it. on the same program he affirmed that he likes the idea of an individual mandate in health reform, but he has liked that
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idea for decades. this morning he put out a web video denouncing the individual mandate in health care reform. newt gingrich has come out against his own advocacy as cap and trade for global warming. he's voted against his own position on intervening in libya. th it is a survivorable thing for a presidential candidate to get confused about his or her position on a specific thing or even his or her mind on something over time. when it's every policy issue of substance and changing your mind within 24 hour periods and changing it right back again and you're supposed to be the policy guy and you have all of the other flaws that newt gingrich hasek a candidate, then what happens is people end up not taking you seriously. >> newt gingrich's problems are so far beyond just his multiple marriages and all that. his ethanol love affair right now on 7th of march, he said let's go get gadhafi.
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then he said he never favored intervention. he's one of these people who says to understand barack obama you need to understand his kenyan anti-colonial mentality. this is not a real candidate. we know with reasonable certainty standing on the west side of the capital will be one of three people, obama, pawlenty and daniels. i think that's it. >> conservative commentary george wells speaking. i don't usually agree with anything that mr. wills says or argues or finds to be true about the world in. this case, i agree with his analysis. i think he's got it right. think about the universe of republican candidates. basher took himself out of the running. mike pens remember his mom said he might be announcing that he would run. mike huckabee again this weekend he said he did not think he had god's blessing to run. donald trump today took himself out of the running saying something about promising to
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still be loud. i don't know. newt gingrich, technically still running, but struggling to be taken seriously. ron paul, yes, ron paul is running again. ron paul revolution. gary johnson especially the same policy position of ron paul without the charisma or the following. rick santorum, just google him time. not at work, though. there's a guy named fred carjer. john bolton, moving on. herman cane former ceo of a mafia themed pizza chain. mek backham, she's the most likely to go on. mitt romney could conceivably win new hampshire. there is no well known, well
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financed figure in the republican party who is more disliked among republican operatives and politicos than mitt romney. he does not have a friend in the world in that world. sarah palin could make a run of it. who knows if she will. john huntsman, barack obama's former ambassador to china, which may be enough said about him. and that brings us as george wills said to tim pawlenty and mitch daniels. the relative merits of each widely understood and just frankly dismissed and neither of them is known to have much more charisma than a grape tomato. pawlenty has been campaigning in the said fox news channel debate. tim pawlenty is make videos, participating in debates. he's overtly trying to shape his
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image to at least gv you something to think of when you think of him, even if he makes you sleepy. mitch daniels has not jumped into the race. he is essentially counting on his behavior as a sitting indiana governor to be the thing that will spring board his potential campaign. even though the beltway media says social issues are dead and all anybody cares about in republican politics are fiscal issues, it tells you everything to know about how wrong that common wisdom is. when you think about what is going on for mitch daniels right now, it is no liablity for mitch daniels that he was george w. bush's budget director. what happened to the deficit under george w. bush? what about to jobs under george w. bush? what happened to the economy overall under jorchs wvp bush? mitch daniels was the budget director. not a problem apparently with republican primary voters no matter how much the beltway
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crows about how all they care about is the economy. which is a liablity for mitch daniels in campaigning for the republican primary, he says republicans have to declare a truce because there are more important things for the country to work on. that really is a problem for him. in terms of campaigning for the still abortion obsessed and homosexuality obsessed republican activists of this year and next year. as the governor of indiana, mitch daniels is trying to rectify the political problem that he's got. he is trying to re-establish his social conservative days by doing something when you look at the rest of the country is pretty radical for all of the demagoguing happening on the political right this year, mitch daniels actually did something that no other state has done and that the federal government has not done. he blocked essentially all
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public funding even federal funding from going to any to have 28 health centers in his state that are run by planned parent hooth. this is not block taxpayer funding for abortion. they already don't get funding. what he's done is maeds it so that nobody in his state who is on medicaid can go to planned parenthood for anything. you know what? i know this is weird. i can tell this is not working. i hear myself saying this stuff about mitch daniels and it sound like all of the other reporting on this decision by mitch daniels that hasn't been noticed at all that never gets talk t about. the words i am saying are correct. they are true. i am accurately describing this radical thing that he has done, but i can tell it's not resonating. it's not sinking in. can we do the plan b thing that we talked about. do we have the new backdrop. can we have the props? do we have the props? all right.
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thanks, you guys. this is desperate times, desperate measures. this is awesome. okay. thank you, guys. that's very nice. can i -- okay. we call this is man cave set. ladies, you can take a powder. i just need to talk -- i just need to talk to all the men folk who are watching right now. just me and the guys. i'm apparently allowed to open a beer, they told me. here's the deal, man cave moment. here's the deal. every 3,000 miles -- that's a familiar concept, i don't want to talk about synthetic oil. let's forget that whole complicated thing. every 3,000 miles, you know what i'm talking about, right? every 3,000 miles oil change. every 6,000 miles, rotate your tires. at a certain number of miles you check the brakes, you get the dif rernl, maybe the spark plugs you can check at home depending on your skill level.
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an alignment, rebalancing wheels and stuff, basically speaking you take it in. not because there's anything wrong with your vehicle, fellows. it's just preventive maintenance. so preventive maintenance. planned parenthood. oil change, breast exam. rotate your tires, can i say pap smears on tv? at the same time that i just opened a budweiser. fellows just like your car needs a little bit of preventive maintenance from time to time, so do the ladies in your life? is this helping with the politics here? the ladies in your life just like all of the automobiles in your life, they have sort of a 3,000 mile thing. every 3,000 miles. it's not like if anything's wrong. if something's wrong you have to get it taken care of. even if everything is fine, you've got to have your 3,000 mile check up and you've got to
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do it every 3,000 miles. now imagine that mitch daniels is the fleet manager of 9,000 cars in the state of indiana. and he's just decided that those cars no more oil changes. no more checking the spark plugs. no more tire rotations, no more preventive mant nantz. there are more than 9,000 people in indiana whose health insurance is medicaid. and who get their 3,000 mile check ups at planned parenthood. because mitch daniels can mess with that as a governor and because he wants social conservatives to like him as a president, those 9,000 people have been cut off from their care. breast exams, birth control, all of it. this is not about abortion. there's not any public funding for abortion. it's not about cutting off abortion services in indiana. this is about cutting off the proverbial oil changes, preventive care. if you want to be irwith your vehicle. if you want to be penny wise and pound foolish, stop doing any preventive maintenance on your
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car. when your car breaks down, you will know why it happened. but in this ridiculously overstretched, totally knee ander that will, sexist met fore, mitch daniels is responsible for thousands of cars. he is responsible for setting the policy by which these cars are maintained. his big idea on to run for president is no oil changes. no rotating the tires. maintenance -- all right. we now have to lose the man cave. i can't believe we did this. all right. in republican politics, especially. newt gingrich wants to be seen as the policy guy. that's not really working. mitch daniels wants to be thought of as the serious, responsible policy guy, too. he wants to be the guy that's all common sense stuff. the beltway press and the conservative commentators they see mitch daniels as the
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republican party's best hope. if so the republican party's best hope is the don't catch your cancer early governor. and he's spending money to do it. this planned parenthood ban is expected to cost the state millions of dollars per year. so don't catch your cancer early, and pay more for the privilege. i am pretty sure that this whole car, man cave metaphor thing is going to help people understand mitch daniels better. but i tried. joining me now is an msnbc contributor, melissa, i'm very sorry. >> the only problem, rachel is that your football there should be shaped like a pink, fuzzy uterus. because the thing that they're using at the political football is in fact is a uterus. that's what's being used. >> that whole part where i said i'm just talking to the guys and the ladies can leave the room.
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now we've sent all of the guys out of the room. it's just you and me. we can now talk about anything that will never be quoted. >> interestingly enough talking about our uterus or our cervix is in fact a more challenging public conversation than for example talking about our breasts. i just want to point out there was a point in which what you just talked about the idea of breast self-exams would have been seen as almost pornographic in the public realm. but women's lives were at stake. so activists who are democrats and republicans, right, wealthy and poor women got together on breast cancer questions in a way that's made breast cancer and the discussion of breast health so common that in the the month of october everything is pink. even the nfl are wearing pink bands in october because we got serious about thinking about women's health. now i think we've got to go a little farther south on this question. it's not just our breasts that matter. it's in fact all of our reproductive organs. >> it's the whole idea of
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preventive health generally speaking. it's specifically not targeting preventive health care for anybody other than women. it is planned parenthood clinics that are being singled out here. they're not going after prostate exams for men. they're not going after other kinds of asthma screening for kids. they're specifically targeting preventive health care for women. do you feel that is driving the broader appeal of this suicide a socially conservative political issue? >> absolutely. in fact, i doubt that this governor given who we know about his sort of fiscal hawkishness and his general we should call a truce on these sorts of social issues. this isn't because he has some moral anxiety about women having pap smears. this is a way of signaling i am not on the side of poor women, of women in general, of women of color, or particularly of women who might be using their reproductive organs. i don't know for things like sex. it's all about kind of a
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signaling game where you say all of these people, particularly poor people, brown people, black people, young people, we're against that. and it's really -- the thing is it's not symbolic of you are the woman who can't get the pap smear. it is a symbolic move a kind of putting his hand out a gesture to the part of the republican party that he hasn't pandered to as governor of indiana. >> asking you to do a little bit of media analysis here, why do you think the social conservativism issues in republican politics this year are really getting no traction in terms of how people are talking about the republican presidential nominating process and how people understand the differences between the candidates? >> i have to tell you this particular nominating process and this sort of bench full of nobodies as you've shown or almost laughable characters, i've seen this before. i actually saw it before in the state of illinois when barack obama ran for the u.s. senate. and all of his sort of real and
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likely both democratic challengers and then a very sort of eligible republican challenger imploded. and he ended up running against alan keys. i don't think that there's any sort of fate going on here, there is an interesting sort of comparison where for some reason this group, and i don't think it's just some reason, i think it's because you have a strong incumbent here. the really strong challengers are sitting it out. they figure in four years is a much better opportunity for them than this one. >> a brave guest, thank you very much. i appreciate it. we'll 50 billion network devices be r. . that's seven devices per person. this will change how we work in ways we've never before imagined. what do you need to secure your people, their devices, and your business?
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almost two years president barack obama gave a major foreign policy address in cairo. and boy, houdy is cairo a lot different now than the way it was 20 years ago. in many ways so is the whole middle east. the president will give another major foreign policy address about the middle east at the state department on thursday. policy issues in the middle east have been a tinderbox for so long it feels like always. this really could not be a more volatile or tense time in that region. it does not make it surprising that the president of the united states is wading into the middle of it with a policy address. it does make it important to note how carefully he is treading. on friday the white house announced the resignation of
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their middle east convoy. tomorrow the president is scheduled to meet with jordan's president king. then the president will meet in person with the prime minister of israel on friday. and then this weekend president obama will address the powerful proisrael lobby group apac. this is a lot of time and attention covering basis. it shows how important the white house thinks this is and sensitive. whatever your own politics around israel and the palestinians, everyone can agree that this particular moment in the middle east is unusual. it is time for a light touch. any american assertion in the region should probably be done with an appreciation with the great sensitivities involved right now. >> as a citizen of america, and no more or less than a brother in the family of man, i come to
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you today and ask you to stand. to stand with me in jerusalem. they're going to spread across the middle east. the things i told you are coming will come. it's only a matter of time. and there are forces in this land and forces all over the globe, god is involved in man's affairs. but so is the force of darkness. i want you to know, the very gates of held are going to open up against us. >> oh, good. glenn beck is holding one of his rallies. this time it's going to be in israel. and don't worry, glenn beck followers, there will be travel deals for you to get yourself physically to israel to make it convenient for you to bring your subtle, political nuance understanding to a part of the world that needs you. what could be worse than fox news exporting its end of the world conspiracy theorists and a jewish puppet master.
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what american export could be less helpful to the middle east than that? "the new york times" reports as of this weekend that the man who founded blackwater eric prince has a new venture in abu dhabi where he is setting up a private military with a strict no muslims policy. former employees said mr. prince wants to train for profit no muslim armies for any government in the region that may want to put down pesky internal revokes. joining me is national security correspondent for "the nation" and author of "blackwater", the rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> what is your understanding of the scale of this new venture from eric prince. >> first of all the american as apple pie eric prince fled the united states. moves to the united arab emirates which does not have an extra diction treaty with the united states. says he wants to go and teach high school like indiana jones
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was also a teacher, he's the antithesis. he is the mercenary. what he's doing is working for the crown prince there setting up this private army that could be used to smash rebelons that grow out of big labor camps that they have with philippinos and pakistanis and others. they are engaged in an operation that could potentially be used to defend against the rising iranian rising in the region. eric prince in a speech about a year ago said the u.s. should advocate sending in small groups of private american armed forces into these middle eastern countries to directly confront iran says it would be politically expedient and cheaper rather than u.s. troops. >> he wants to wage a private war on iran? >> his idea is a shadow war on iran by using countries like the united arab emirates or yemen, or the saudis and you are able to have american boots on the ground without having to say we
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have the american military there. it's aimed at small acts of sabotage or directly striking at the enemies of these countries and "the new york times" indicated the crown prince was interested in a blackwater type force doing. >> is this legal? i don't mean whether or not this would be legal in united arab emirates, is this legal under u.s. law? >> under u.s. law if you're going to export training services of any kind with the kind of expertise that eric prince, a former navy seal has, the kind of operations he's been in, you have to get a license to do that. i've inquired about that today. i've gotten no answer yet. a congresswoman who has been ferocious going after blackwater says they're going to be investigating if they have the licenses and permissions to engage in this activity. blackwater's been fined in the past for not getting licenses. it wouldn't shock me if they didn't have the permits. >> one of the things that leapt out for me from "the new york
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times" reporting was the no muslims hiring policy. is that something that we have known about and that i just never keyed on before? isn't that go going to be a problematic restriction if it becomes known he's doing this? >> from federal court filings his employees viewed him as a christian crew seder to wipe out mislimbs. the idea that he wouldn't work with muslims wouldn't be surprising. the stated reason for it, rachel, was that muslims wouldn't kill their fellow muslims. that was the concern. i think when you look at how eric prince has trained certain muslim militaries like the jordanian military and then encouraged a christian jihad against other muslims, you can say the politics boil down to the politics of being a mercenary. that money is the bottom line. as long as you can go my christian agenda is going to be successful and i'm running off to the races of money from some sheik in the middle east, my agenda is going to win.
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>> eventually this guy's going to stop being in the news and we'll have to start talking about other things. otherwise i think i'm going to see you frequently. >> blackwater does make a line of teddy bears and infant unsys. if it doesn't work out, your children can be geared up in the blackwater gear. >> we can put a shelf up in the man cave. >> i wore the man cave jacket. no planned parenthood for me. one of the more lovable things about the bombastic figures in media is they are really good at riling people up. really good at riling people up. more on that in a moment. beer and wine, and cupcakes. i was doing the corporate grind, like everyone else. but to be successful, i knew i had to be different. ink, ink, ink, ink, ink... i mean i love that card.
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because make no mistake, you have not heard the last of carl paladino. >> turns out dude was right. he has returned to politics as of today. it is a good day for the news business. that's next.
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he said he had been a secret agent in kansas. he got a whopping 11% of the vote. christine o'donnell, not a witch, lost the delaware witch for the united states senate by nearly 17 points. of all of them in 2010 the one you really can't believe was a major party nominee at the top of the ticket has to be carl paladino who lost the new york governor's race by 29 points. his campaign included a mailer he sent out that had a garbage smell added to it. we obtained one of these mailers and i can assure you it did smell like garbage. we still have it around the office, because on humid days it makes itself known. there was a physical fight between him and a reporter on the campaign trail. that happened on camera. there was also his racist email trouble. most of the emails were about the president on the theme of black people as subhuman or the
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president and first lady as pimp and hooker. and some porn, including bestiality porn including his own comments about what he liked about it. this was is republican party's candidate for governor in new york state. in 2010. not like back in your great grandpa's day something this crazy happen. but last year the republican party ran this guy as their nominee for governor of a large state. and he lost very badly. you would think the republican party would want to make the memory go away. but no. today in the special election in upstate new york to fill crist tier lee's house seat, there was carl paladino brought to to literally stand behind the republican candidate and photographed beside her. to remind everybody when you think republican in new york, you can think about the racist, bestiality porn guy who lost by almost 30 points. it was a bad day for the republicans for that special election today. in addition to the carl paladino
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endorsement decision, genius, the rothenberg political report changed its rating in the race to lean republican to toss up/tilted democratic. also a democratic leaning group called house majority pac is launching this new ad in the district which will not level the playing field with all the money spent by republican groups, but it may make it a competition. regardless of the outside money, regardless of the personalities and paladinos of this race, the issue that seems to be at the heart of why a democrat has been able to get a striking distance in a district this red, is issue continues to be medicare. specifically killing medicare. specifically the republican candidate in the race saying she'd vote for the paul ryan budget to kill medicare. what is what turned this race around. the single worse thing that happened for the republican party's chances for holding on to that seat in new york 26 today, the single worst thing is
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that paul ryan author of the kill medicare plan cannot stop talking about it. after the house republicans backed away from it, said they wouldn't pursue it, the ways and means chairman said he wouldn't try to move it forward. after the speaker of the house recognized that reality was not going to be with them on the kill medicare thing, paul ryan is still flogging it and getting a national audience. he gave a whole speech on his wisdom of the plan to kill medicare today at the economic club of chicago. thuz doing the republican candidate in that special election in new york 26 the favor of reminding all of those voters and the country why it ought to be a republican district like this is even conceivably in play. joining us now the eugene robinson. gene, thanks very much for being here. >> great to be here, rachel, happy monday sblchl it's always a happy monday when carl paladino is back.
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can you explain bringing him back and putting him front and center at a jane corwin event? is there -- do you. >> explain paladino those words go together in a sentence? i don't know. i don't think so. i predict, i'm going out on a limb here, i think the republican candidate jane corwin will indeed wish that carl paladino had been wrong when he said you haven't heard the last of carl paladi nirks o. but, i think the worst thing that continues to happen to her in terms of her chances of winning it's not him, yet. it's paul ryan. it's the medicare issue which is for all intensive purposes from all appearances a true loser for republicans in this race and maybe in a lot of other races, too. >> well the democrats for once do seem to have a unified strategy on that. they would like to keep talking
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about the republican kill medicare plan every day between now and november 2012. is there a unified counterstrategy from the republicans, do the republicans want to talk about killing medicare, or do they not want to talk about it? >> it depends on which republicans. that's the problem. they do not have a unified strategy. the republican establishment realizes the political pros who are adding up the numbers realize this isn't working for us. we need to back off. we need to change the subject. but paul ryan doesn't want to change the subject. he believes in this in is this is the way the world ought to work kind of way. i don't think he's going to shut up about it and it's going to hurt republicans. >> while i have you here, gene, i have to ask you about how this issue fit into the crop of republican presidential candidates. we have mike huckabee and the real estate guy whose name i'm
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tired of saying officially bowing out of the race. this medicare issue continues to be kept alive depending on which republican you ask. it seems to be something they do not have a unified party message. what's your take on the strength of the field. >> there is hardly any strength in the field. this is a really weak field. 4 cannot be the final field because it's hard to pick up a viable candidate out of it. you kind of get mitt romney by default if he can get through the republican primaries. newt gingrich, who by the way hates raul ryan's medicare plan is not presidential. but who's got any pizazz? who's got any aura of leadership in the republican field. mitt romney kind of looks like a president. they're hurting. and i think that's why you're hearing all these calls from prominent republicans for others
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to jump in. mitch daniels, mr. excitement, jeb bush who has that last name problem. chris cristy who's been governor of new jersey for five minutes and is somewhat volatile. i think he's probably right that he's not ready. so now, all that said, the republicans will come up with a viable candidate. i don't think, democrats should perhaps enjoy this interlude, but they shouldn't count on it lasting. there's going to be a candidate. the candidate ice going to have tons of money. anybody who thinks this is going to be a cake walk, this is a winnable election for president obama and he should be considered the leader, a strong incumbent. anyone who thinks this is going to be a cake walk over a baa foon i think is wrong. and i think is overly optimistic. >> eugene robinson, the man who has crowned mitch daniels officially on the "rachel maddow show" mr. excitement.
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thank you very much. >> my pleasure. over the weekend freshly minted presidential hopeful newt gingrich said, president obama is the most successful food stamp president in history. i would pay mr. gingrich $5 to say that to ed schultz face-to-face. mr. schultz rebuts forcy right after this show. and here the best new thing in the world takes the words right out of my mouth sblchl he's horrible, insufferable lester maddox meetss andrew dice clay routine. >> the best thing in the world coming up at the end of the show. >> ( rooster crows ) >> by 2020, 50 billion network devices will roam the earth. that's seven devices per person. this will change how we work in ways we've never before imagined. what do you need to secure your people, their devices, and your business? a network that can evolve and grow to protect your human network.
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as much as politics can feel like lawless territory as much as elections can seem like the wild west when it comes to greed and corruption at least there are technically rules about how politics is supposed to be conducted, about whom can give money to whom and how much and when and what it can be spent on. there are laws about disclosure and laws about record keeping and all of that stuff. the sheriff who enforces those laws is ridiculous. and i mean that as a term of art. they are or they ought to be the subject of ridicule. we're supposed to have laws about campaigning and elections. we do have them on paper but the
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enforcement of those laws is left to these guys, the federal election commission. if you are planning on breaking the law and getting away with it pray the kind of laws you'll be breaking are the ones that fall under their jurisdiction. don't just take it from me. take it from them. remember the check for $96,000 senator ensign paid to his mistress after he paid her? if that payment of severance, if the senator paid that money because he was firing her which he apparently admitted in front of witnesses many times over then giving his mistress that check was likely a violation of federal election law. that would be under the jurisdiction of the federal election commission which as i say is the worst sheriff ever. when the worst sheriff ever looked into this matter of senator ensign and the mistress and the $96,000 check the staff attorney looking into it advised the commission they should go after mr. ensign for that. the fec declined. and one of the most incredible federal official quotes i have ever seen in the "new york times", listen to this.
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quote, an election commission official who asked not to be identified while the case was pending acknowledged they took the senator at his own. this official expressed angel anger to learn the thu circumstances behind the $96,000 payment. quote, i hate it when people lie to us. if somebody submits a sworn affidavit we usually do not go back and question it unless we have something else to go on. maybe we should not be so trusting. could we just put the last part back up by itself? yeah. thank you. maybe we should not be so trusting. the fec official said. maybe? you think? you are the part of the government that is supposed to make sure the campaign laws of the nation are followed. when they are not followed the people who break the laws are punished. that is your job. the way you have been doing that job is to ask people if they're guilty and they say no and you say sorry to bother you? maybe we shouldn't be so trusting? we took his word for it? oh, no mom and dad.
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that's my new incense baking. this old botch by the fec matters again now because the senate ethics committee investigating john ensign says there is good reason to believe he did in fact violate those campaign laws. and because the ethics committee has deferred its investigation back to the worst sheriff in the world that means the commission may get another chance to not be so trusting. also because it is not just senator ensign who there are questions about but also his fellow republican senator tom coburn. when senator ensign needed help getting out of the affair with the married staffer the ethics committee says senator coburn appears to have helped broker a deal with the mistress and with her husband who also worked for senator ensign. ethics committee says there is reason to believe john ensign helped the husband get a lobbying job right away without registering as a lobbyist or waiting a year which is required by law. when the husband started lobbying on behalf of an airline
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one of the senators he met with was tom coburn. since senator coburn was good friends with john ensign and he knew the husband of the mistress and knew he had been an ensign staffer and he knew aboutat fair and maybe even negotiated a deal to help end the affair it is not unreasonable to ask whether senator coburn knew that guy lobbying for that airline at that time was against the law. but here's the thing about breaking the law. it matters first of all whether the government enforces that law or whether maybe they're too trusting. it also matters if you had traded information for immunity. senator ensign's chief of staff made an immunity deal with the ethics community, information for immunity the head of the watch dog agency that has pressed for an investigation of ensign and coburn told us last week she wonders if senator coburn made an immunity deal, too. >> i think senator coburn owes the american people an explanation of his full role in this scandal to answer questions about all of it and if he indeed got immunity from the department
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of justice i think he should share that. >> senator tom coburn for the record is not talking. over the weekend he gave the home state paper "tulsa world" a no comment on the story. we contacted his office specifically about this question of immunity and got the same response. no comment. so did senator tom coburn make a deal in which he got immunity from prosecution in exchange for information about the john ensign scandal? again, the answer so far from senator tom coburn is no comment. we'll keep asking. [ male announcer ] if you've been to the hospital with heart-related chest pain or a heart attack known as acs, you may not want to face the fact that you're at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke. plavix helps protect people with acs against heart attack or stroke: people like you. it's one of the most researched prescription medicines. goes beyond what they do alone by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking and forming dangerous clots.
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finally getting out of the fake race he was never really running but getting lots of attention for anyway i would like to say that the best, most succint, most damning take on what just happened with the whole mess of that fake republican campaign and its coverage comes from jay smooth, who does awesome, short videos at the website ill doctrine.com. >> a real news story broke that forced everyone on the news to stop talking about donald trump and lo and behold after one week of tv news people not talking about donald trump they took another poll and found out that nobody cared about donald trump anymore. how could this be? it's like a miracle. could it be that there was no organic force of nature compelling everyone to care? could it be that there is no law of trump gravity? do you see what i'm saying? i think it was because of you, tv news people all along. people cared so much because you talked about it so much. it was you. >> it was you.
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